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George Family Preview | Raleigh Family Photographer

About two weeks ago we made the tough decision to postpone this session due to wet day & threatening storm forecast.

Not sure if it actually rained, but sure glad we were able to get together yesterday!

Beautiful loving family, warm sunny day, lots of joy & laughter.

Enjoy your preview!

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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A Beautiful Family | Cary Portrait Photographer

I was just plain delighted when my dear friend Cathy mentioned it was her mother’s 70th birthday coming up, and they wanted to have portraits made for the occasion.

I am an on location photographer, so one Saturday morning we met for coffee & I scouted their homes, and decided to set up at Mom’s place. A perfect indoor sun room, as well as beautiful outdoor lakeside scenery.

We discussed clothing and decided to keep it simple, as I knew the focus here would be the amazing eyes of these gorgeous faces!

The day came, we had a room full of tops strewn over couches, sparkling bubbly & Mom’s favorite home made nut mix (quite yummy!) and my favorite hair & make up artist present.  A great little pamper party for a Thursday morning!

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I read this quote somewhere some time ago, jotted it down & have been saving it for the perfect occasion.  And this is absolutely it!

“There are many joys to being a portrait photographer.  The greatest is the experience of a day with beautiful people.”

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This image makes me tear up every time.

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This one too.  A momma and her son.

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I can only hope to be this radiant and beautiful at seventy.  Nan, you are stunning!

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Like mother, like daughters …

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And this little guy, he whined at our feet until we picked him up.  And then he smiled for me! Funny!

One more outfit change for some color, and back outside we went.

These last two were taken in noon day sun.  Luckily we found some lovely shade & foliage for the backdrop.

Sparkling!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful selves with me 🙂

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Kathy Howard Photography is now booking limited summer portrait sessions & portrait parties, the ultimate girls day out for you & your mother, sisters or even best friends.

I’d love to talk with you about your celebration!

Please email kathy@kathyhowardphotography.com or call 919-538-8987

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Cary NC

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The Lund Family | Raleigh Family Portrait Photography

I have known this family for a while, through school & summer swim team.  The Mom is amazing and one of those super-volunteers that makes everything happen beautifully and effortlessly!

Sadly they moved out of our school district, so we don’t get to see them as much.

I have always had a fondness for these sweet & polite children, so when I booked this session I knew I was in for a real treat.

But I really had no idea!

This family is the epitome of a strong & loving family.  And the kids, oh my goodness I honestly left this session wanting more!  Wanting to take them with me!

We had so much fun and they all brought their best to this session.

I will start with my favorite shot of the session.

“All you need is love …”

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A close second favorite, so genuine, so happy …

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 Mom & I met up to shop for the outfits for this session.  We had a great time picking and choosing the fresh colors of Spring clothing.

Now I have to say, she is a bit of a black & white ‘junkie’ like me.  However, we designed two wall displays for her home, and they are ALL color images!

(I will share her choices & designs in the next blog post – awesome!)

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Beautiful Miss E.  The big sister. So bright, so smart and very sweet 🙂

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Mr. N.  Stole my heart.  A kind soul & huge amounts of positive energy!

What a Q.T. Pie 🙂

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If you are my fan on Facebook, you have seen this pic.

I just can’t get enough of it!  I want to hang it in my own home!

(If you want to be a fan & follow my page, click HERE.  I’d love to see you there!)

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And the baby of the family.  Sweet, spunky, and a little heart breaker!  (She told me she has two boyfriends at this time lol!)

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And the icing on the cake… three siblings that truly love each other, although they may not admit it in public 🙂

Great job Mom & Dad!

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Thank you again Lund family for a truly enjoyable session!

~Kathy

Family Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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Lund Family Preview | Raleigh Family Photography

This past Friday I had the honor of photographing this awesome family.

So cool & laid back, lots of fun and a huge amount of love for each other!

VERY hard to pick their preview image.

But I love this one, and think it will show you what I mean about their family dynamic …

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So,  I just HAVE to share one more.

The little man that I have a complete crush on!

Just check out this absolutely perfect laughing face…

(I may have to print this large and hang it in my own house!!)
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Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Be back soon with another fabulous family – it’s blogging Sunday 🙂

~Kathy

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The M Family Preview | Lifestyle Photographer Raleigh NC

A few days ago I was lucky to be invited into the M family home to photograph a few hours of their busy day.

Lucky, because they are great friends.  Lucky because they shared some of their valuable time off from work with me!  Lucky, because I photographed this little guy when he was a real little guy … you may remember him HERE.

His new nickname is Mr. Expressions!  He gave us some really great faces in a relatively short period of time … can’t wait to share.

Enjoy the preview image!

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh, NC

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The McGaughey Family | Raleigh Cary Family Photography

The pleasure was all mine meeting up with this totally happy & fun family for their holiday session!

I don’t think I’ve met children any kinder, and a family unit that is so strong 🙂

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I think I managed to find the last of the fall color  – pretty spectacular  for the last day of November I’d say!

Lovely glassy background water + big beautiful smiles = gorgeous!!

The strength of family.

It all starts here …

Lucky girl!

I wish I could photograph everyone on this bridge!!

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Thank you for an enjoyable session & for being so fun to work with you guys 🙂

~Kathy

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Last Day of November | Raleigh Cary Family Photographer

This afternoon I head out for my last photo shoot before Christmas.

ISO6400  f/3.2  1/320th

The fabulous mom of this crew was the one who referred me to the bride I photographed in October.  I wanted to thank them with a family portrait.

I grabbed them during the reception and did the best I could, considering it was pretty much dark outside already!

I do love this photo, and so do they, but they’ve decided they want something a little more traditional.

So today I meet this gorgeous & kind family at a local park to capture them in a little more light and some to get some beautiful close ups of their girls.

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Have a great weekend!

~Kathy

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A Few Thanksgiving Pics

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope that you had a weekend filled with love, laughter and of course delicious & bountiful food.

I drove to Kentucky to be with my always fun and great to be around family.  Being one of six siblings has it’s advantages, the greatest being able to watch my family grown and blossom.  A true treat.

Here are a few of my favorite snaps from the weekend…

And of course, the big family photo that no one wanted me to take!  I guess I am ‘that Aunt’ or ‘that Sister’.

So, I surprised them with my camera and tripod set up behind the dining table and declared a family photo would be taken.  Sadly, I forgot put on my flash but a quick roll of the ISO and I was able to seize the 30 seconds they gave me for the picture lol!

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 I have a few more sessions left to blog and hope to get to that soon.

Have a wonderful week!

~Kathy

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The Johnson Family | Raleigh Cary Family Photographer

I was so delighted when this wonderful mom of twin boys contacted me to shoot their holiday card photos this year.

You may remember these twin boys from their newborn photos (here).  I had the privilege of assisting the amazing Melissa of Melissa Devoe Photography with their newborn shoot.

Fast forward eleven months, and these boys have big smiles,  teeth popping through and are crawling all over the place!!

Pure cuteness!!!

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The boys responded well to my ‘peek-a-boos’ for the first few clicks …

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Then we tried sitting and my ‘peek-a-boos’ didn’t work at all … these little guys wanted to move!

I still chuckle when I see this image – a funny moment …

Time to play!

Mom, you’re beautiful, and your love for your children shines like a star …

And off they go …

One of the extreme pleasures of my job is watching families and children grow.  Life is amazing and wonderful 🙂

Thank you for sharing your babies with me!  I hope I see you next year, and will be sure to be wearing running shoes if so!

~Kathy

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Johnson Preview | Raleigh Cary Family Portrait Photography

Here’s a chuckle for you today!

You can definitely find me shooting ‘ in between’ the scenes – as sometimes (actually quite often) you get the real gems 🙂

 

Don’t worry, we got some amazing and simply A-dorable smiles from these sweet boys!

Holding out to blog the rest of this session until the holiday cards are stamped and mailed.

Have a great day!

~Kathy

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